Study Using IceCure's ProSense® Finds: "Cryoablation Allows the Ultimate De-escalation of Surgical Therapy for Select Breast Cancer Patients"

  • Independent study published in Annals of Surgical Oncology concludes cryoablation is an oncologically safe and feasible minimally invasive procedure option in lieu of surgery for patients with early-stage, low-risk breast cancer
  • Study's authors suggest the widespread use of screening mammography allows for earlier detection - and therefore increased customization of treatment, less aggressive management, reduced treatment burden, improved quality of life - and examines cryoablation as the "next step in the surgical de-escalation of breast cancer"
  • Study suggests that cryoablation provides a significantly superior alternative when it comes to financial implications, as compared to surgical resection

CAESAREA, Israel, Dec. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- IceCure Medical Ltd. (Nasdaq: ICCM), developer of the ProSense® System, a minimally-invasive cryoablation technology that destroys tumors by freezing as an alternative to surgical tumor removal, today announced the publication of a study titled "Cryoablation Allows the Ultimate De-escalation of Surgical Therapy for Select Breast Cancer Patients" in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Surgical Oncology.

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The independent study, in which ProSense® was one of two cryoablation systems analyzed, was overseen and conducted at the Breast Center of Excellence and the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center by Sonia Y. Khan MD, Jaclyn Cole MD, Zaina Habrawi MD, Michael W. Melkus PhD, and Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman MD.

A total of 32 early-stage breast cancer patients with a median age of 70 (range of 50-91) were treated with cryoablation. Six of the 32 patients (18.5%) received adjuvant radiation, and 31 of 32 patients (97%) received adjuvant endocrine therapy. The mean follow-up was 15 months, with 20 patients (62.5%) completing two years, and 12 patients (37.5%) completing more than three years.

All patients were disease-free at the last follow-up visit, and no major complications from the procedure were reported. One patient had regional disease at 18 months. She did not have sentinel node biopsy and did not take endocrine therapy. She had delayed axillary dissection, started endocrine therapy, and remains disease-free after 5 years of follow-up evaluation. One patient died one year after cryoablation due to unrelated causes. The patient population in this study is similar to the population in IceCure's ongoing ICE3 study, the largest controlled multi-center clinical trial ever performed in the U.S. for liquid nitrogen-based cryoablation of small, low-risk, early-stage malignant breast tumors as an alternative to surgery.

Highlights from the article include:

  • Regarding cost of care, the article states: "Clinical trials have determined not only that cryoablation is just as effective as surgical resection for early-stage, low-risk tumors, but that cryoablation also provides a superior alternative when it comes to financial implications."
  • Citing ICE3 as a leading study that makes the case for surgical de-escalation, the article states: "The ablative therapies were first entertained as options for women who might not be good surgical candidates or refuse surgery. However, two large multi-institutional studies on cryoablation (Simmons et al.(ACOSOG Z-1072), and Fine et al. (ICE3) have led the way to the use of ablation as a means for further surgical de-escalation for small early-stage, low-risk breast cancers."

"Cryoablation is an excellent option for select patients to avoid general anesthesia, and enjoy a potential cure without surgery through an outpatient procedure with minimal disruption of life." Stated study co-author, Dr. Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman

"This independent study is quite compelling in that it goes beyond providing data. It presents the case that due to widespread screening with mammography, early-stage tumors can be treated with new, safe, and effective treatments that minimize the impact on patients and the healthcare system in general," stated IceCure's Chief Executive Officer, Eyal Shamir. "We are grateful, as always, to the growing number of medical professionals who are using ProSense® to improve patient outcomes and going above and beyond to publish their results for the advancement of innovative new treatments that improve care."

About ProSense®

ProSense® cryoablation is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, outpatient 40-minute treatment option that destroys tumors by freezing them. The procedure only requires a local 1% lidocaine injection (similar to its use by dentists when performing certain dental procedures) enabling the patient to remain alert during the procedure and then walk out of the doctor's office to resume their day. ProSense® has been investigated and proven effective in various clinical applications, including breast tumors, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and in palliative care. Independent and company-sponsored clinical studies of ProSense® have shown strong results, with high rates of tumor destruction, and patient and physician satisfaction.  

About IceCure Medical

IceCure Medical (Nasdaq: ICCM) develops and markets ProSense®, an advanced liquid-nitrogen-based cryoablation therapy for the treatment of tumors (benign and cancerous) by freezing, with the primary focus areas being breast, kidney, bone and lung cancer. Its minimally invasive technology is a safe and effective alternative to hospital surgical tumor removal that is easily performed in a relatively short procedure. The system is marketed and sold worldwide for the indications cleared and approved to date including in the U.S., Europe, and China.

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